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Applied Body Composition AssessmentVivian Heyward, Dale Wagner
2nd Edition
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280 pages

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Expanded, updated, and packed with new resources, Applied Body Composition Assessment, Second Edition, brings both practitioners and students up to date on the latest body composition methods and equations for healthy and clinical populations. This is the most comprehensive textbook on body composition assessment available today.

Like the popular first edition, this book addresses the principles underlying the skinfold, bioelectrical impedance, near-infrared interactance, and anthropometric methods of body composition assessment. Applied Body Composition Assessment, Second Edition, also shows you how to control for potential errors in measurement, different equations for different populations, and much more. The second edition has been expanded to include the following:

An entire chapter is devoted to each body composition assessment method, including information on its assumptions and principles, prediction models, techniques for use, potential sources of error, and the most recent research on assessing changes in body composition. In addition, the authors discuss how to choose the best method and equations for a variety of healthy populations, as well as the clinical populations noted previously, taking into account age, gender, ethnicity, physical activity level, and disease.

Three appendixes provide practical tips for understanding conversion formulas for two-component models, tables that help you find appropriate methods and equations for your clients, and contact information for equipment manufacturers. More than 60 photos and illustrations complement the text.

Students will find that the book is full of helpful review and summary tools that facilitate absorbing the wealth of information. These pedagogical aids include key term lists, chapter summaries, review questions, a glossary, a list of symbols, 51 tables that neatly package key information, and step-by-step instructions for each body composition method.

About the Authors

Vivian H. Heyward, PhD, is a regents professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico, where she taught exercise science, body composition, and physical fitness assessment courses for 26 years. Extensively published, Dr. Heyward is the author of four editions of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription as well as the first and second editions of Applied Body Composition Assessment. She also has written numerous articles for research and professional journals dealing with physical fitness and body composition assessment. Dr. Heyward has given many presentations at international, national, and regional meetings of professional organizations in the field. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) named her a fellow in 1997. She also was named a fellow by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition.

Dale Wagner, PhD, studied body composition under Dr. Heyward and was an assistant professor of exercise science at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, for six years. Dr. Wagner was invited to present at the Sixth International In Vivo Body Composition Symposium in Rome in 2002. He is the author and coauthor of a variety of body composition articles that have appeared in highly respected journals and has also been a reviewer for several internationally recognized journals, including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Obesity Research, and the International Journal of Sports Medicine. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Wagner is a certified health and fitness instructor, exercise physiologist, and strength and conditioning specialist.

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A reference for body composition professionals, fitness professionals, nutrition specialists and clinicians; a textbook for body composition, nutrition, and exercise science courses

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